Student & Family Ministries – March 15, 2017

FunShop participants trying a science experiment object lesson

Vacation Bible School excitement was high this past weekend, as several people gathered at Dulin’s Grove AC Church in Charlotte, North Carolina to take part in Group’s VBS FunShop for their 2017 Passport to Peru Cross-Cultural VBS program! Representatives from several churches from various denominations in the greater Charlotte area participated in this event co-hosted by ACGC and Dulin’s Grove.

The representative from Group provided practical, hands-on training in several areas including recruiting, decorating, planning, coordinating, etc. Participants had the opportunity to experience a “Day at VBS” where they were the students for Day 1 of Passport to Peru. They also learned how to make some of the Peruvian decorations and took part in science experiments to be used as object lessons. Networking with the representatives of other churches in the area provided an opportunity to share ideas and coordinate sharing props and decorations. All in all, it was incredibly beneficial in beginning to plan and prepare for this year’s VBS program!


If you are involved in the planning, leading or teaching of your church’s VBS and are using a Group VBS program kit, we would encourage you to register to attend a FunShop in your area. It’s a great way to kick-start your VBS and encourage the leaders and build excitement for Vacation Bible School. You can find information and register for a FunShop here:

If your church would like assistance in starting up a Vacation Bible School program, the Department of Student & Family Ministries would be happy to consult with you on that. You can contact Matt Larkin at 1-800-676-0694 x240 or

Many blessings,
Beth Larkin